Organizing: What is possible?

Amy NeimanHow many of you have paper on your desk? And How many of you like paper on your desk? Studies show that an average executive spends 1 hour every day looking for a lost document. This adds up to 6 weeks a year! Now that’s a large chunk of time to be wasting.

Amy Neiman is the CEO of A Simplified Life, LLC., and she is an Organizing Consultant. Amy creates the ideal work environment for professionals by organizing their time, space, paper, and possessions. Amy doesn’t want other busy professionals to waste valuable time, when they can be spending moments with friends & family, traveling, or discovering new hobbies.

It is possible to end the overwhelm, to choose clarity over clutter, to have a more productive day, and a simplified life.

To hear our interview with Amy, join us LIVE tonight at 5:30 pm EST/2:30 pm PST by clicking here.

Secrets to a Successful & Happy Law Practice… RSVP TODAY for this presentation!

SABA flyerSubstantive legal knowledge and good law school grades are not enough. If you want to have a thriving legal career, you must be able to engage the people around you – from clients and prospects, to colleagues and partners, and perhaps the public at large. More importantly, you need to know how to “hit the ground running” with skills that aren’t taught in law schools.

In this presentation, Ann Jenrette-Thomas, co-author of The Happy Law Practice and founder of Esquire Coaching will teach you how to:

  • cultivate workplace savvy so you can stand out from the crowd, get better assignments, and develop key relationships,
  • think like a rainmaker so you become an invaluable asset to your firm and secure future success, and
  • act strategically so you can leverage your actions with less stress

Presented by SABA-DE (South Asian Bar Association of Delaware)

Hosted by

Skadden

One Rodney Square, Wilmington, DE

Monday, July 21, 2014

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch provided. Registration is free.

Please RSVP by July 14th to info@EsquireCoaching.com

Video Charisma: Secrets to Using Video to Get Seen, Get Known & Get Business!

RuthShermanHeadshot_newAs a lawyer, you’ve been taught, “the work speaks for itself,” as if clients will just find you in the vast sea of competition. The truth is, you’re running a business and you must find ways to distinguish and market yourself, to let prospective clients know you’re out there, to persuade them to give you a chance.

One of the most powerful tools you have at your fingertips is video.

Video builds know, like, and trust faster than just about anything else. And there is more good news: Few businesses – and even fewer lawyers – have exploited this proven medium. They think video isn’t for them, or they dislike the idea of being on-camera, or the technology seems overwhelming, or they think they don’t have the budget.

Over 20 years ago, “Speech & Media Trainer to the Stars,” Ruth Sherman, M.A., set out to fix that by using skills and training learned as a successful New York City performer to teach business professionals to perform on-stage and on-camera, what Ruth calls Platform and VideoCharisma.

Ruth is certain about two things: First, everyone has a unique Charisma (presence) and can uncover it, enabling them to eliminate barriers, connect deeply with audiences, and convert them into high-paying customers. Second, most people won’t do what it takes, so if you do, you have a default competitive advantage. Instead of boring, you become a magnet.

Ruth’s clients include top global CEOs, Oscar-winning movie stars and international celebrities.

Join us LIVE tonight at 5:30 pm EST/2:30 pm PST by clicking here.

5 Ways Lawyers Can Create The Lives They Want

Graff-square-600-300x300by Robert Graff, Esq., ELI-MP

When so much of your life is dedicated to advocating for others, it’s easy to forget that you also deserve a fulfilling, healthy, and passion-filled life. But you really do.

Just take a moment and imagine how it would feel if you actually enjoyed going to work again, and if you felt more in control of and less victimized by your day. How would it feel if you woke up every morning excited to start a new day, as opposed to feeling exhausted and defeated before you even get out of bed?

It is possible to create the life you want as an attorney; you simply have to figure out what would make you happy, make positive choices, and go after the things you want. To help get you started, here are five steps you can take right away to begin creating the fulfilling life you deserve:

1. Identify exactly what you want out of life

In order to create a better life for yourself, you first have to get crystal clear on exactly what it is you want. Begin by asking yourself the following questions:

–      What do I really want out of my career?

–       What would make me feel intellectually fulfilled?

–       What do I want for my personal relationships?

–       What do I want for my mental and physical wellbeing?

–       What is my unique gift that I want to share with the world?

–       How can I live my life so I’m always being my authentic self?

Sit with these questions for as long as it takes until you find the answers that feel right.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need.

We all need a little help from time to time, so a big part of creating the life you want is finding the courage to ask for what you need. Remember, no matter how close your fellow attorneys, family, and friends are to you, no one can read your mind. That’s why it’s your responsibility to speak up and get your needs met.

For example, if you still have to finish a Memorandum that’s due tomorrow for one partner, but another partner approaches you with an additional assignment, rather than taking it and not saying anything, you could try saying something like:

“John, I am almost finished with this Memorandum for Bill which is due tomorrow. So that I may give your work 100% of my attention, would it be all right if I begin the project first thing tomorrow morning?”

 3. Improve your relationships with others.

Your relationships with others directly influence your overall life satisfaction, so strive to improve them whenever possible. For starters, always look for the good in people, praise them whenever you can, and keep judgmental remarks and thoughts to a minimum. Smile when you say good morning to your colleagues and act genuinely happy to see them. You may have to fake it until you make it at first, but your personal and professional relationships will improve dramatically, and you’ll feel much more positively about yourself and your life.

4. Don’t be afraid to walk away from a problem.

The truth is, you don’t have to solve every problem you encounter. Sometimes the best course of action is to walk away from a situation after concluding that it’s not in your best interest to stick around to problem solve.

However, it’s important to note that walking away from a problem is not the same thing as avoiding a problem. When you walk away you make a positive, conscious choice to disengage. When you practice avoidance, you’re reacting to a problem in a negative and unproductive manner, which isn’t going to help you create a happier, more fulfilling life.

5. Invite more goodness into your life.

One of my favorite ways to improve your quality of life is to invite more goodness into your world. Begin with small improvements, like getting the rest you need to energize your day, getting more exercise, and learning simple stress management skills. You’ll be amazed at what a dramatic effect small, positive changes will have on your life.

Robert Graff is the President of The Graff Standard and one of its coaches. The Graff Standard partners with professionals so that they can lead more fulfilling and successful lives both at work and at home. Find out more about both Robert and The Graff Standard at www.graffstandard.com or follow The Graff Standard on twitter @graffstandard.

5 Steps To Overcome Fear Of Public Speaking

the-10-biggest-public-speaking-phobias-and-how-to-overcome-themby Ann Jenrette-Thomas, Esq.

Most non-lawyers think that all lawyers are natural born speakers and/or trained in the art of public speaking in law school.  This is simply not true.  Regardless of whether you’re a litigator, all lawyers should learn the art of public speaking.  Public speaking is an excellent way to be seen as a thought leader or subject matter expert and obtain new clients.

Here are 5 Steps you can take to reduce your fear of public speaking:

1) Conduct Research

Visit or call key participants to ask them what they expect from your presentation. That is, what do they want to learn from it? What do they already know about this topic? How will your presentation help them? Such conversations enlist these people as your allies during your presentation. It also helps you learn what people expect, so that you can deliver it. This is like collecting the answers to an exam before taking it.

2) Prepare

Write an outline, and if possible write a script for key parts of it (such as the opening and close). Make sure to speak in a manner that is relatable to your audience (for example, if your audience consists of nonlawyers, avoid legalese).  Practice giving your presentation without reading the script until you know it so well that you can deliver it conversationally. Don’t memorize your script — that makes things too difficult. Practice your speech anywhere and at any time. For example, you can talk through parts of it while jogging, working on chores, or taking a shower.

3) Rehearse

This is absolutely key! Begin by practicing on your own: it helps to videotape yourself or practice in front of a mirror so you can see how your expressions and body language looks.  Then, practice your talk in in front of a group of friends, coworkers, and/or your boss. Ask for their comments on how to improve your talk. When possible, try to practice in the actual room where you will speak so you can become familiar with the room and any equipment, such as a projector.

4) Be the Host

The day of the speech, arrive early so that you can meet and greet the attendees before your presentation. Shake their hands and thank them for coming. Introduce yourself to them and engage them in small talk. (e.g., “How are you?”) Act as if they were guests coming to your party. This converts them from strangers into friends.

5) Expect Success

Visualize doing a wonderful job. If you let nightmares run through your mind, you will scare yourself. Give yourself confidence by expecting to do well. Know that everyone wants you to do an excellent job. The key to success is being prepared. It helps you do a better job and fills you with confidence.

If you want more help in the public speaking realm, we’re here for you! Email us at info@EsquireCoaching.com to set up a session where we’ll guide you to be more confident when presenting publicly.

What strategies have worked for you when giving speeches? Do you have any stories you’d like to share about your experience becoming a more confident speaker?

Share your wisdom in the comments section below, on Facebook at facebook.com/esquirecoaching or on twitter at @EsquireCoaching.

Best wishes along your journey to become a confident, empowered, and influential public speaker!

How to improve your time-management skills

image.phpby Kathleen Ashwill and Ann Jenrette-Thomas, Esq.

I want to invite you to give yourself the freedom that comes with better time-management. Feel the relief and sense of accomplishment that comes from a productive day.

Take a moment right now and get out a sheet of paper. Make a list of all the areas that you shine when it comes to time-management. Next to that, make a list of the areas where you need improvement. Leave some space below each of those to jot down solutions. The best way to make improvement in your life is to know yourself. What’s really going to work for you? Be realistic and honest with yourself. This is the first step!

Now let’s take a look at some tips and as you’re reading each, visualize and formulate a plan for how you can customize the advice. Think of a real instance that you could apply each tip to. Feel into the feelings that will be present as you learn to better manage your time. Do you feel relief? Competency? Ease? Satisfaction? Excitement? The more you give your brain and body the reward of positive feelings, the easier it will be to acclimate to a new routine!

So let’s get started:

  • Prepare in advance: It may seem obvious, but many many people thrive on the thrill of finishing something at the very last minute. Was this a strategy that worked for you in college? As you get older, your body, mind and spirit will thank you as you learn how to prepare in advance. Plan your next day the evening before (visually, with a list, even talking out loud… whatever works for your unique learning style). Make sure to feel the feelings, too. As you plan, visualize stress-free, solution-based situations that feel good. Planning the night before will allow your subconscious to prepare you as you sleep, and then when you wake up, executing your vision will be almost effortless! Your subconscious will also very likely provide additional insights into how best to make your plan a reality and maybe even better than you imagined. Planning the night before in a creative and empowering way also frees up your mind when you do go to bed, reducing the dreaded insomnia that can make the next day seem like a nightmare.
  • Schedule your time: You are in control and can schedule your time in the way that best works for you! Accept who you are and don’t try to force yourself to fit a schedule that isn’t YOU. Do you crave a walk after work but think you “should” be doing something else instead? Follow your desire, and schedule in that walk. Own what really nurtures you. Making it a part of your schedule makes it official and helps you respect yourself more.
  • Start early: There are a lot of distractions vying for our attention at the late hours of the night, but you will benefit from beginning to aim for an earlier bed-time. Winding down earlier (dimming lights, turning off the computer and TV, having quiet time with loved ones) eases your body and mind into a slower pace. You’ve made your plan for the next day, and you are at peace and ready to sleep. Going to bed and rising early really give you a head-start that helps you feel in control, motivated, and infinitely capable. The quiet time that you have when you wake early promotes reflection from which creative solutions can arise that will significantly reduce the time it takes for you to complete a task later that day.
  • Organizational skills: Use a filing system that feels fun and easy. Take a moment to clean your computer, eliminating duplicate files and organizing items in folders that make sense to you. Certain programs can help you clean your computer and provide the foundation for a streamlined organizational system. Develop a master list for all your files (in hard-copy form) and for all the documents on your computer. List each item and where it’s located.
  • Increase productivity with prime time: Here we touch again upon the importance of knowing yourself. When is your prime time, when you are most alert and on-point? Become aware of this and schedule more complicated tasks at this time. Highlight your prime time within your calendar so you know when you’re on and can use this knowledge to your advantage!! Be aware of both your internal prime time and external prime time. External prime time is when your clients are most readily available. Learn to balance both to best serve both yourself and your clients.
  • Air travel productivity: A study comparing work in a normal office with work on an airplane showed that one hour of uninterrupted work-time in an airplane yielded the equivalent of three hours of work in a normal work environment. Before you travel, know what you want to tackle while en route and use that uninterrupted time wisely!

 

Best wishes to you on your journey to better time management. Know that you are always evolving, so have fun with it! Enjoy your successes, learn from and love your mistakes, and keep getting to know YOU!

If you found these tips helpful, download The SASS-E System ebook – a great resource for increasing productivity and managing your time.  There are tips, strategies, charts and worksheets in the e-book to really help you get the most important things done.  This e-book is free when you sign up for our Elevate newsletter at www.esquirecoaching.com.

What time management strategies work for you? How do they match and serve your unique personality? Your advice can help others who are similar to you! Share your thoughts in the comments section below!